American composer Henry Brant, father of 20th Century "spatial" music, conducts and performs the world premiere of a new work titled "Homeless People" at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1997 at San Francisco's Cowell Theater.
For this premiere, Brant performs with the San Francisco-based Onyx Quartet with Brant playing directly on the strings of a piano with mallets.
"As the 20th Century concludes, there is scarcely anyone on the planet who is not in some significant way a member of the universal human species, "Homeless People." As such, this mulit-layered phenomenon offers an over-powering subject for musical treatment. The venue of spatial chamber music seems especially appropriate. The four quartet-players are stationed in the corners of the hall; the piano, alone onstage, played directly on the strings, and the accordian have no communication with the quartet or with each other."
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